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Loud noise in the middle of the night prompts Longboat Key police response

A resident heard a loud noise from inside the house, but the responding officer found nothing on scene. This and other Longboat Key Police reports in this week's Cops Corner.

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Friday, Sept. 22

Wrong house 

9:25 p.m., 600 block of Bayport Way 

Suspicious Incident: A concerned friend noticed someone on the back porch of a resident's unit, and called the police to check things out. Upon arrival, Longboat Key police weren’t able to see anyone in the unit, but contacted the neighbor. The neighbor stated he had been standing on his back porch. Police contacted the homeowner of the original unit, who said her friend must have mistaken the two units. After calling the friend, it was determined she had been mistaken. 

Saturday, Sept. 23 

Found dog 

2:22 a.m., 4000 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Animal Complaint: Police were contacted by a man concerned about a dog running around in traffic. The man was able to get the dog into his car, but the officer said he wasn’t able to take custody of the dog. The officer suggested the man keep the dog at the Bayfront Park dog park until animal services arrived. Sarasota County Animal Control was on call and sent someone to pick up the dog. 

Manatee commotion 

5:48 p.m., 6300 block of Gulfside Road 

Citizen Assist: Two Longboat Key officers were flagged down by several people reporting a possible injured manatee. The officers investigated the situation, and found a group of manatees in shallow water. The behavior of the manatee group was similar to that of the mating manatees seen around the island, but none appeared to be injured, according to the officers. 

Just enjoying the beach 

6:40 p.m., 3200 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive 

Suspicious Incident: An officer was dispatched to respond to a caller who reported people trespassing on the beach. When the officer arrived, there were multiple people on the public area of the beach, but no one was trespassing. The caller was notified that no crime was being committed. 

Sunday, Sept. 24 

Suspicious noise

1:10 a.m., 200 block of North Shore Road

Suspicious Incident: A resident reported hearing a loud noise inside her residence. An officer responded and checked inside and around the residence, but all seemed secure. 

Monday, Sept. 25 

Road rage report 

10:30 a.m., Bay Isles Parkway 

Citizen Dispute: Police were dispatched to a reported dispute between a man and woman, but neither was on the scene when the officers arrived. An officer made contact with the woman, who said she had gotten into a road rage incident with a man in a white pickup truck. Due to the confrontation, she called the police to have the incident documented. 

Tuesday, Sept. 26 

Working overtime  

6:25 p.m., 600 block of Buttonwood Drive 

Noise Complaint: A Longboat resident called police to report noisy construction after hours. On scene, the crew was packing up for the day and the responding officer asked if they were aware of the town ordinance. The worker said he was unaware. The responding officer then contacted the owner of the construction company, which was installing a fence on the property. A written warning was issued for the noise violation. 

Wednesday, Sept. 27 

Turtle troubles 

3:48 p.m., 3400 block of Harbourside Drive 

Animal Complaint: Dispatch asked a Longboat Key officer to respond to an animal problem, called in as a turtle on the roadway. As the officer was en route, dispatch called again to inform the officer that the turtle had been removed from the road and moved to safety. The call was canceled. 

Thursday, Sept. 28 

False alarm 

4:12 a.m., 700 block of Broadway Street 

Alarm: An activated burglary alarm in the kitchen of a restaurant prompted police response. Upon arrival, the officer checked all doors and windows, but no sign of forced entry was seen. No cars were around. 



Carter Weinhofer

Carter Weinhofer is the Longboat Key news reporter for the Observer. Originally from a small town in Pennsylvania, he moved to St. Petersburg to attend Eckerd College until graduating in 2023. During his entire undergraduate career, he worked at the student newspaper, The Current, holding positions from science reporter to editor-in-chief.